April 8, 2011

Classification Of Ginseng

After first discussion about ginseng in article titled all about ginseng to know in this blog, lets continue to discover about ginseng this time.

Ginseng is popular containing phytoestrogens.A study in year 2002 which was conducted by the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine  discovered that both Asian and American forms of ginseng stimulate libido and performance of copulatory.

In FAQ of Sports Nutrition published by UMass Amherst reported that one of  most common side effects which is containing in Panax ginseng is the inability to sleep. But other sources say ginseng does not cause sleep difficulties.

The common adaptogen ginsengs (P. ginseng and P. quinquefolia) are usually thought to be relatively safe even in big amounts use. However, bleeding becomes one of the most common and characteristic symptoms of acute overdose of Panax ginseng..


Common classification of Ginseng :


P. quinquefolius American ginseng (root)

Traditional Chinese Medicine considers that American ginseng is able to stimulate yin energy to clean excess yang in the body and can also calm the body. Chinese or Korean ginseng mostly grows in Manchuria and Korea, the coldest area popular to a lot of Chinese people in ancient times. Thus, ginseng from there is considered to be very yang.

Chinese doctors trusted American ginseng has good yin due to it came from a hot area.  But they did not know that American ginseng is only able to grow in temperate regions.


Panax ginseng Asian ginseng (root)

Traditional Chinese Medicine states Panax ginseng stimulates yang energy it can also improve blood circulation, increases supply of blood, revitalizes and aids recovery from weakness after illness, and stimulates the body.


Red ginseng

Red ginseng , according to traditional Chinese, is Panax ginseng that has been heated, either through steaming or sun-drying. This ginseng version  is traditionally associated with stimulating sexual function and increasing energy. Red ginseng is always produced from cultivated roots, generally from Korea.


Wild ginseng

Wild ginseng grows naturally and it is harvested from wherever it is existing. Wild ginseng could be either Asian or American, and can also be processed to become red ginseng.


Alternatives of ginseng

Eleutherococcus senticosus (Siberian ginseng)

Withania somnifera (Indian ginseng, ashwagandha)

Lepidium meyenii (Peruvian ginseng, maca)

Panax notoginseng (known as san qi, tian qi or tien chi, hemostatic ingredient in Yunnan Bai Yao
Gynostemma pentaphyllum (southern ginseng, jiaogulan)

Pfaffia paniculata (Brazilian ginseng, suma)

Angelica sinensis (female ginseng, dong quai)

Pseudostellaria heterophylla (prince ginseng)

Oplopanax horridus (Alaskan ginseng)

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